Learning about stormwater and its effects on our rivers, streams, and lakes is the first step to minimizing the pollutants we drink and swim in.
By identifying and understanding how some of our everyday actions can contribute to stormwater runoff and making small changes to how we perform these tasks, we can help prevent water pollution in our communities.
Each seasonal issue is packed with things to you do to help keep Lake Champlain clean, and we’ll never share your information.
Are you interested in learning more? We’ve compiled a reading list in collaboration with the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Library, including both Adult and Children’s titles that cover watersheds, wetlands and the wildlife that make up the Lake Champlain basin.
BLUE® is an innovative program that certifies homes, businesses, and institutions as watershed friendly. Evaluators educate and collaborate with property owners to identify opportunities for stormwater mitigation, affect behavioral changes, and establish stewardship principles to protect our waters. Perhaps you could use a rain barrel or rain garden, perhaps a water trench or French drain. Find out how you can make a difference by mitigating stormwater runoff before it leaves your land.
Tips for Rural Homeowners
Even if your home is located in a rural area it can have impacts on downstream water bodies like Lake Champlain.
Glossary: What is a watershed? What is an outfall? Learn the terms associated with stormwater runoff and you’ll be the most interesting person in your neighborhood!
The UVM Watershed Alliance supports state-wide watershed education and water quality monitoring in Vermont middle schools, secondary schools, alternative education programs, and youth groups.